Brummett writes about an emerging media theme that resurfaced in the Michael Vick case: that people who abhor animal cruelty somehow are insensitive to tragedies that befall poor black children. It's a false choice, of course.
He also relates an anecdote of how this came up during Arkansas legislative debate on animal cruelty. Interesting. And chilling. Because the flip side to the argument of the callous black legislator he encountered could easily be seen as a general insensitivity to animal cruelty.